Polestar Puts Faith in Silent Drop-Top Sports Car

Polestar has unveiled its first BEV sports car hoping to break into some of the performance luxury market that Porsche has so far been exploiting.

The exclusively BEV premium sub-brand of Volvo has presented its sports concept, named the Polestar O2. It’s a the hard-top convertible and is the automaker’s vision of future open-top performance.

Polestar says it is designed to be light in weight and dynamic in handling promising tight body control, high rigidity and intuitive dynamics thanks to its bespoke bonded aluminum platform which is adapted from the Polestar 5, developed in-house by the manufacturer’s team in the UK.

It claims handling dynamics will be taut thanks also to small roll angles and high roll damping coupled with agile, direct steering feel and instant steering torque build-up. The low and wide body houses a compact 2+2 cabin design, minimal overhangs and a long wheelbase.

Naturally for any BEV, aerodynamics are vital to maximize range and here the car uses disguised design features like integrated ducts that improve laminar air flow over the wheels and body sides, while the rear lights that function as air blades to reduce turbulence behind the car.

Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “Polestar O2 is the hero car for our brand. It opens the door to our secret chamber of future potential. This is a taste of what we can design and engineer with the talent and technology we have in-house. It looks incredible and, being able to lower the roof and not hear an engine, promises a superb sensation.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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